Horse trainer Paul Nicholls had to eat words after ’embarrassing’ prediction
‘RELEASED’ Paul Nicholls had to eat his words after saying his 50-1 horse had absolutely no chance of winning.
The Ditcheat trainer spoke to Betfair’s Barry Orr about last Sunday’s Royal Ascot Racing Club Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at the Berkshire circuit.
Nicholls was absolutely certain that Blueking D’Oroux had “no chance” of winning the 2 meter competition, worth just over £20,000 to the winner.
And he said stablemate Afadil, ridden by Harry Cobden, the Court’s No. 1 jockey, was a much safer bet.
The odds seemed to reflect this, with Blueking D’Oroux sending off a whopping 50-1 for the Class 2 competition.
Afadil, on the other hand, bounced 15-2 behind 5-1 favorites Arclight.
Before the race, Nicholls said, “Blueking D’Oroux, top weight, how he has a 127 grade is beyond me.
“He wouldn’t be in a street from Afadil but the handicapper gave him 127 even though he ran normally for us.
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“Basically, he doesn’t stand a chance.
“He needs to come to a more realistic mark and gain some experience for next season.”
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However, racing can make anyone a fool and Nicholls had to swallow his words and 5lb contender Angus Cheleda jumped up the hill on the four-year-old gelding.
Amazingly, he finished two lengths ahead of Afadil and completed a bonkers 1-2 for Nicholls.
Speaking to Betfair on Monday, an embarrassed Nicholls admitted: “Talk about embarrassment after my update on Friday when I said Blueking D’Oroux had no chance to beat Afadil!
“It just shows what a wind operation can do for a horse.
“He galloped beautifully, was strong to the line and we are very happy with that.
“It just shows as much as we think we know that you can never be sure – or how much wind surgery can do to a horse!”
Victorious owner Johnny de la Hey said: “To be honest we thought he was badly handicapped from 127 but I didn’t think he was a 50-1 shot. That was pretty crazy.”
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